Thomas B. Murphy office replication records
Scope and Contents note
The collection documents the re-creation of former Georgia House of Representatives speaker Thomas B. Murphy's state capitol office in the Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. It includes correspondence, drafts of exhibit captions, conceptual mock-ups, and other materials. There is a large amount of correspondence between Catherine Hendricks and Kathy Dixson, of Avient Museum Services, an Atlanta design firm; Lorene Flanders, dean of Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library; Keith Hebert, UWG historical consultant/curator; and Marina Rakitova, a graduate student assistant/curator. The captions for the various portions of the Murphy exhibit underwent extensive editing and review by the project team, and drafts of these edits and changes are included.
Conditions Governing Access note
Open to all users.
Conditions Governing Use note
All rights retained by the University of West Georgia.
After being defeated for re-election in 2002, Speaker Thomas B. Murphy of the Georgia House of Representatives in 2003 transferred the contents of his office, including his legislative papers and approximately 1,500 artifacts, to the University of West Georgia. In 2008, the Georgia General Assembly allocated funds to replicate Speaker Murphy's state capitol office as part of the renovation of UWG's Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library. In February 2010, UWG's curatorial team, led by Catherine Hendricks, began work with Atlanta-based design firm Avient Museum Services to develop interpretative panels and computer kiosks to contextualize Murphy's life and career. Other members of the curatorial team included UWG history professor Dr. Keith Hebert and UWG graduate students Sara Berry, Marina Rakitova, Matthew Harris, and Jessica West. In 2011, curatorial staff cataloged Murphy's artifacts and prepared them for display. The replicated office and accompanying exhibit opened on April 19, 2012, with a number of prominent Georgia politicians - including Murphy's son, Judge Mike Murphy, former Georgia governors Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue, and all four living speakers of the Georgia House of Representatives - in attendance.
5.4 Linear feet (7 boxes)
The collection documents the re-creation of former Georgia House of Representatives speaker Thomas B. Murphy's state capitol office in the Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. It includes correspondence, drafts of exhibit captions, conceptual mock-ups, and other materials.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Collection was transferred to Special Collections by Catherine M. Hendricks in 2017.
Processing Information note
Processed by Michael Camp, March 2019.
- Guide to the Thomas B. Murphy Office Replication Records POL-0002-04
- Finding aid prepared by Finding aid written by Michael Camp, March 2019.
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- Language of description note
- Description is in English